What is bullying?

Bullying affects lots of people and can happen anywhere: at school, travelling to and from school, in sports teams, in friendship or family groups or in the workplace.

There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as:

repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically

It is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

Bullying can take many forms including:

  • physical assault
  • social bullying
  • threatening behaviour 
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying